Et Moriemur Premiere “Requiem Aeternam” from Epigrammata

Posted in audiObelisk on March 13th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Czech death-doomers Et Moriemur mark a decade of existence in 2018 with the March 20 release of their third album, Epigrammata, on Transcending Obscurity Records. Comprised of 10 tracks for a densely-packed 53-minute runtime, it is a record that finds the core lineup of vocalist/keyboardist Zdenek Nevelík, bassist Karel “Kabrio” Kovarík, guitarists Ales Vilingr and Pavel Janouskovec and drummer Michal “Datel” Rak [please note: most of the band members’ names have accent marks that won’t show up when I type them into WordPress; see the lineup list below. No disrespect intended to anyone in the band.] employing a host of guests to flesh out arrangements of cello, violin, trombone, spoken word, guest vocals, trombone, acoustic guitar and choir, adding to the group’s own breadth of craft in songs like “Offertorium,” the piano-laden “Agnus Dei,” and the particularly memorable “Communio,” which with a speedier tempo reminds as much of Satyricon in its swinging verses as its violin-laced atmospheric midsection bleeds melancholy leading to a massive roller of a riff topped with deathly growling. Yeah, it’s kind of like that: full-on beauty in darkness, topped off with Gregorian chanting, multi-linguistic recitations, and a sense of ancient grief being brought to life like a weeping statue given the power of slow, gradual movement.

Patience is a virtue that Et Moriemur display handily throughout Epigrammata, which unfolds in no hurry from “Introitus” into the organ and key-fueledet moriemur epigrammata “Requiem Aeternam,” matching tortured and throaty screams against lower growls against chanting to give the proceedings a religious feel right from the start; or at least the sense of being in conversation with those traditions — the Latin titles doing likewise. “Agnus Dei” and “Dies Irae” follow suit in terms of mood and extremity, but more than the emotional or sonic heft that Et Moriemur elicit, it’s the depth of their arrangements and their mix that impress. To wit, the low growls and chants intertwining on “Dies Irae,” Doom, death and black metal aren’t out of the band’s reach stylistically, and there are moments where those elements are juxtaposed and moments where they all seem to come together as something definitively of Et Moriemur‘s own. Obviously, these moments — I’d count the pairing of “Offertorium”‘s crawling wretchedness and “Communio”‘s more progressively bleak vision among them, but would be remiss to leave 10-minute closer “In Paradisum” out of the discussion — make for some of the strongest on Epigrammata, but there’s something to be said to for the manner in which the juxtaposing of styles, smooth though the transitions like that into acoustic guitar and speech on “Libera Me” are, mirrors the tortured sensibility and mood of the album itself. That is, the form matches the intent, and the mood of Epigrammata becomes conveyed not only in the performance of Et Moriemur and the sundry other parties brought aboard, but in the very construction of the songs themselves.

It would be hard to pick one song to represent the totality of the album. Frankly, I’m not sure you could, but with the release date set for just a week from now, I’m sure the full thing will be streaming in no time, and in the interim, “Requiem Aeternam” functions well in displaying many of the aspects that come into play throughout, as well as some — some — of the Et Moriemur‘s range when it comes to songwriting. Do not necessarily think of it as a sampling of all that the full-length has to offer, so much as a teaser of several of the factors at play throughout.

A quote from the band and PR wire info follows below. Please enjoy:

Et Moriemur, “Requiem Aeternam” official premiere

Et Moriemur on “Requiem Aeternam”:

“Epigrammata represents our attempt to cope with the dying or death of those we loved. To create a solemn and classical atmosphere we used lyrics in ancient Greek (the title itself means epigrams) and in Latin, more precisely from the Mass for the dead – the album follows the typical Requiem structure, i.e. Introitus, Requiem Aeternum, Dies Irae etc. – and of course the traditional, unisono male Gregorian chant.“

In any case we tried not to do a uni-dimensional record. So apart from the inevitable grief there is gratitude as well for having had the chance to share our life with them and hope that they are well – wherever they are.“

ET MORIEMUR are doing things in an exceptional way for their upcoming full length titled ‘Epigrammata’. Delving into the rich European history, imbibing Gregorian chanting and using Latin and ancient Greek to convey their message, the Czech supergroup of sorts with members of bands such as DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY, SELF-HATRED and SILENT SCREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY, have assembled a host of musicians playing cello, violin, trombone among others and have even employed services of a choir to take their expression to another level. They combine influences of death, doom and even a bit of black metal and use their operatic flair to imbue it with a mesmerizing quality. It transcends the perceptions of the death/doom style at present and gloriously brings back forgotten elements to elevate it.

Et Moriemur is:
Zden?k Nev?lík – Vocals, Piano
Aleš Vilingr – Guitar
Pavel Janouškovec – Guitar
Karel Ková?ík – Bass
Michal “Datel” Rak – Drums

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Psy-High 2015 Set for Aug. 13-16

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 6th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

In case you needed a bit of escapism for your afternoon, how’s about four days reveling in heavy rock and psychedelia out in a quarry somewhere out in the Czech Republic? Sounds pretty good to me. I’ll admit I don’t know much about the weather in the Czech Republic in August, but I wouldn’t mind finding out and checking out a bunch of bands I’ve never had the chance to hear before over the course of a leisurely weekend surrounded by cool vibes and heavy sounds. Shit. That’ll do nicely.

Like I said, a bit of escapism. If you happen to be in that part of the world, I submit the following:

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Psy-High ’15

Psy-High is an arts and culture experience based around the interplay of music, seminars, theatre, debates, readings and workshops. We also give a lot of attention to changing the location as much as possible in accordance with the main themes and concepts of the festival.

We’ll continue the string of amazing locations: Last year’s “rocky cathedral” of the Saint Joseph quarry is followed by a wide, flooded quarry somewhere in the western parts of Czech Republic (we’re still keeping the location a secret for now, but get ready for 13 thousand square meters of five-pointed lake surrounded by seven and a half hectars of awesomeness).

The basics of why and how we make Psy-High happen stay the same: We do everything we can by our own hands, without profit and without sponsors – except for the growing number of people ready to fuel the event with their personal energy.

There are a few changes, however. The big one is that we decided to limit the number of tickets to 400, mainly due to our belief that Psy-High needs a smaller crowd in order to retain it’s unique atmosphere.

The first batch of 100 tickets will be available from May at From then on, the later you buy a ticket, the more expensive it gets:

The ticket price for the last 100 tickets left is 28 Euro.

In order to get the presale info in time, please consider subscribing to our rather unobtrusive newsletter at, or watch out for news at the Psy-High Facebook event:

The second change worth mentioning is that Psy-High 2015 will increase in length to four full days – two days just wasn’t enough to enjoy the event for most people.

As for music, you can expect a tighter line-up aimed at all kinds of psychedelia-inspired music. There will be more than 30 bands performing at P-H, here’s a small taste:

Kamni (ru, stoner doom)
Ovo (it, doom sludge ritual)
Pozvakowski (hu, exp. noise rock)
Merkabah (pl, avant-garde rock)
Narcosatanicos (dk, acid punk noise rock)
Or (cz, noise rock)
B4 (cz, psychedelic)
Saiga (cz/ru, stoner)
Sweeps04 (cz, ambient industrial doom)
At Bona Fide (cz, shoegaze)
Fetch! (cz, stoner noise rock)
Kidney Trauma (cz, noise-rock/shoegaze)
Made by the Fire
White Wigwam
Skrze ?eku
Ursprung Trio

Psy-High 2014 Video Report

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Wino Wednesday: Wino & Conny Ochs, “Isolation” Live in the Czech Republic, 2012

Posted in Bootleg Theater on May 6th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

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The duo Wino & Conny Ochs released their second album, Freedom Conspiracy (review here), on Exile on Mainstream at the end of March, and it’s still pretty fresh in mind in terms of the feeling of growth within the collaboration, the uptick in production value and of course the on-point individual performances and more meshed feel of how they work together in each song, but I thought for this week’s Wino Wednesday it might be worth dipping back a couple years to the start of the collaboration between these two very different entities.

To look at them on stage — Wino covered in tattoos with his hair down his back, holding a massive acoustic guitar and periodically kicking into a full-on fuzztone even “unplugged,” and Ochs exuding more traditional singer-songwriter sensibilities, resonating as much emotionally as with his stellar vocals — and they seem like a pretty unlikely pair. Like the rock and roll version of an old sitcom. It’s not until you actually hear it that you realize how well it actually works, that odd-couple melding. Their first album, 2012’s Heavy Kingdom (review here), surprised already with its fluidity. Ochs being the more experienced of the two players in the form, his evident comfort level was maybe less of a surprise, but Wino only had one acoustic solo album out — 2010’s Adrift (review here), still his only one to-date — and he was immediately at home in the two-piece. As they proved on Freedom Conspiracy, that would be even more the case the second time around.

Like I said, for this week, we’re dipping back to 2012, closer to their starting out. This cover of Joy Division‘s “Isolation” was filmed March 5, 2012, in Mutišov, the Czech Republic, and as right on as the audio is, I also picked it for the quality of the video itself, which puts you right in the crowd and captures well the intimate vibe of watching these two play. As always, I hope you enjoy:

Wino & Conny Ochs, “Isolation” Live in Mutišov, Czech Republic, March 5, 2012

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Psy-High Festival 2014 Set for Aug. 22-24

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 5th, 2014 by JJ Koczan

There are a couple holdovers from 2013 in The Tower, Tomáš Palucha and Zkouška Sirén, but no question the Czech festival Psy-High has upped the scale of its operation for 2014. They still have a strong blend of native Czech and foreign acts, this time pulling in Weedpecker and Sunnata from Poland as well as Dysis and Limestone Whale from Germany, among others, for a lineup that’s more packed. Where to host so much rock? A quarry, of course.

I don’t have the exact coordinates, but this year’s Psy-High will take place Aug. 22-24 at the St. Joseph quarry in East Bohemia. Really not sure how you can go wrong. On a related note, I was fortunate enough to be invited to cover Psy-High 2014. I won’t be able to make it out because flights are expensive, but it’s nice to be thought of anyway. Kudos to the fest on what looks like a killer second year.

The PR wire brings details and the event poster:

Psy-High ’14

August 22 – August 24

Horice, Ji?ín, Czech Republic

This year’s Psy-High will host about 30 performers + lectures, workshops. We plan to expand and double the audience to around 350-400. Don’t worry, we stay true to our ideals, so everything is DIY (we seriously build everything from ground up from scrap wood and stuff) and we are confident we will be able to hold the unique intimately ritualistic atmosphere, which took so many by their hearts last time.

As last year, location is pivotal for us, we moved to a new quarry, as we want to cycle the locations every year. This year will take place in the beautiful quarry of st. Joseph near Ho?ice in east Bohemia. The festival takes place on 22.-24.8.

Programme-wise – we are hosting 7 foreign bands : Zatokrev (swiss sludge postmetal), Weedpecker (polish stoner grunge), Sunnata (polish psych sludge), Limestone Whale (german 70s retro stoner), Dysis (german instrumental stoner postmetal), Turbine Stollprona (psych prog) and Bird People (austrian ritual ambient).

As last year, those are only the highlights, accompanied by more then 20 czech acts, ranging very widely from stoner, noise rock, doom, slowcore, through psychedelia, minimal, americana, all the way to ambient, electronice, acoustic and experimental. This offers a quite vivid mosaic offering a very fresh experience. Quite mentionable are Tomáš Palucha or NodNod, among all of them.

For foreigners, a hard argument is the very cheap alcohol (best beer in the world for 1€), easy access to weed (best shit for 7€) and so on. We are hoping for a thicker international audience this year and so any post would help us a thousand times! We try to be a part of the psychedelic renaissance, and we want to be as open as possible.

We just launched presale of special festival packages with some lab-glass home made bongs and such, check it out, and think about sharing it along, as we really need to raise necessary basic funds to run this whole show!

Psy-High 2013 Festival Report

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Psy-High Fest Coming to Czech Republic this Weekend

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 2nd, 2013 by JJ Koczan

When your festival location requires GPS coordinates, you’re off to a good start. This weekend, the Czech Republic will play host to the Psy-High fest, an independently-produced psychedelia and heavy rock outdoor gathering with a few imported acts — headliners Dopelord are from Poland and Mamont and Mud Walk are on tour from Sweden — and a slew of native bands. Where does one hold such a heavy rock fest? In a quarry, of course.

If you happen to be in that part of the world, the info for the fest follows. If you’re elsewhere, then at least it’s a couple bands to check out and a reminder that awesome things are happening everywhere:



Stoner and psychedelic rock, stoner doom, and the closest vicinity of the rock, blues, doom, sludge (,…) music inspired by altered states of mind and the culture around them.

Psy High is a DIY festival, which aims to unite, support, provoke and grow a more consistent stoner/psych rock/doom culture in Czech Republic, because it is almost non-existent, while it thrives and blossoms in all countries arround us. Bit by bit, year after year, we want to help to develop a scene that country called ‘Bohemia’ deserves.

We have booked 2 great bands from Sweden: Mamont, and Mud Walk, and Dopelord from Poland + we will host many Czech bands, to cite few of our favourites, there will be Argonaut, Zkouška Sirén, Tomáš Palucha, Bumfrang3, Keysmoon, Five Seconds to Leave, and other small, starting projects and bigger bands alike. Check the poster on Facebook to see the whole lineup!

The whole shebang will take palce in a beautiful little old quarry called Jarov, near to the city of Beroun (30minutes by car from Prague). The mine is in walking distance from the Beroun train station(20min). Parking is possible in the nearby village. There is another quarry, which is flooded and offers epic swimming in walking distance (20mins) It is insanely beautiful.

GPS location of the fest: 49°56’33.158?N, 14°4’8.050?E

Photos of festival location are to be found on the FB event, along with the set list, the poster, the bands and a chance to express your opinion and ask questions! Should not be problem to ask on FB event for accommodation in Prague as well!

The entrance fee is 400czk/15€ or in presale for 12,50€ , and you can look forward for good and fair Czech beer prices (arround 1€). Come and be part of this (hopefully) historical event!
List of Bands

Mud Walk
Five Seconds to Leave
Zkouška Sirén
Depakine Chrono
Tomáš Palucha
Stoned Ape
Meccaverius Society
The Tower
Shiva Khurva


Psy-High Festival Trailer

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